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Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read (2012)

Nancy Giles , Woody Allen , Atticus Brady  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nancy Giles, Woody Allen, Ahmad Jamal, Maurice Hines, Steve Allen
  • Directors: Atticus Brady
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AZ43C5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


Erroll Garner was a giant among jazz pianists. His ability to spontaneously create great musical works at the piano while performing for an audience was legendary. As a musician he was one of a kind. --Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist & Composer

Garner is the single most important piano stylist of the past 35 years. He epitomizes all that makes jazz the great music of our age. To put it simply, Erroll Garner is a great musical genius. --George Wein, Jazz Impresario

A jubilant celebration of Garner's life and career, a straightforward but welcome collage of vintage performance footage, talking-head testimonies from fans, friends and family, and impressionistic B-roll from the streets of New York to evoke yesteryear's 52nd Street. --Aaron Hillis, INDIEWIRE

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{WINNER! Chris Award, Columbus Int'l Film + Video Festival, 2012}
{WINNER! Best Documentary, Monarch Film Festival, 2012}
{WINNER! Best Short Documentary Film, Williamsburg International Film Festival, 2012}

In a triumphant career that lasted forty years Erroll Garner pushed the playability of the piano to its limits, developed an international reputation, and made an indelible mark on the jazz world. And yet, his story has never been told. Until now.

Atticus Brady's new film uses an astonishing array of archival materials interwoven with interviews with friends, family, and fellow musicians, and features commentary from Woody Allen; Ahmad Jamal; Tonight Show host Steve Allen; Erroll's sister, Ruth Garner Moore; pianist and arranger Dick Hyman; Columbia Records executive George Avakian; Erroll's bass player Ernest McCarty; Erroll's biographer Jim Doran; jazz journalist John Murph; dancer/choreographer Maurice Hines; and Erroll's daughter Kim Garner, who goes on the record about her father for the first time.

The film explores Erroll's childhood in Pittsburgh; his meteoric rise in popularity while playing on 52nd street, New York's famed jazz epicenter; the origins of his most famous album (Concert By The Sea) and his most famous composition (Misty); his singular, virtuosic piano style; and his dynamic personality, both on and off the stage.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
There are probably 50 film documentaries on Louis Armstrong and probably as many about Duke Ellington but this is the first one about jazz pianist Erroll Garner. As the film's director explains in fine-minute "Director's Commentary - one of 4 short bonus features on the DVD - he heard Garner's classic song "Misty" while he was in film school and, in searching, found no full biography of Garner in either book or film form. He was lucky to find Garner's sister as a source of family stories about growing up in Pittsburgh and some early family photos. The project started in 1996 and wasn't completed until 2011. Director Brady was able to obtain extensive interviews with musician/author/"Tonight Show" host/comedian Steve Allen (a huge Garner fan) and jazz pianist (ragtime to bop) Dick Hyman. There are also interviews with record producer George Avakian, tap dancer Maurice Hines (who choreographed a piece dedicated to Garner) and Woody Allen. Jim Doran who wrote a book about Garner's music career (but not a bio) as well as Garner's last bassist add to the interviews. There is performance footage (mostly from European TV - licensed from Reelin' in The Years who released it as part of their Jazz Icons DVD series. No full performances are here. The film runs just 53 minutes.
The bonus features include the above mentioned five-minute commentary, "extended interviews" with Allen and Hyman (about 2 ˝ minutes each) and a two-minute clip of Doran explaining the "possible" origin of Garner's best-known composition, "Misty".
Very-well and long overdue, this DVD is a must for jazz fans. It's the first in what appears to be a "jazz" series of DVDs coming from First Run Features (similar to their "food" series of documentaries). I, for one, can hardly wait.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating documentary on one of jazz music's greatest geniuses, featuring fine interviews with celebrities, family, and other jazz legends. A pleasure from start to finish. Thanks to the filmmaker for this timely and important work on one of jazz music's neglected giants. If you love Erroll Garner's amazing music, you will thoroughly enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you ! April 26, 2013
I am a Jazz pianist and vocalist and I have been a fan of Erroll Garner FOREVER. It is HIGH TIME a documentary came out about this amazing artist. I am so pleased to be able to learn more about his life story. This is a great DVD and a MUST SEE for Jazz fans and musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary April 22, 2013
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Erroll Garner has been overlooked for many years. I'm glad after 36 years since he passed away he's finally being recognized for the great musician he was.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow portrait August 27, 2013
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This eulogy never delves below the surface. Some good concert footage and lots of beautiful music still make it worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ERROLL GARNER DOCUMENTARY June 4, 2013
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A very interesting documentary about one among the famous jazz pianist.
I recommend this film for every fan of this great artist.
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I don't pretend to be very knowledgeable on the subject of Jazz or music in general but I know what I like when I hear it. And I've heard an awful lot over many, many years. I wore out my first of album of "Concert by the Sea". (Thank goodness CD's came along.)
So I am a long time fan of Errol Garner. This documentary alternately made me smile and brought tears to my eyes and frequently brought back wonderful memories. At the same time it left me wishing for more - if only there were more out there somewhere. This is not a concert, although there are many snippets of old favorites. It is life story with many facts I was previously unaware of. I absolutely loved it.
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